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Finline celebrates 40 years in business

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:48pm

The story of Finline Furniture is one of the great success stories as it celebrates 40 years in business in 2019.

And from small acorns do large oak trees grow. The factory in Emo, Laois was built in 1979 by Kieran Finane and his wife Bridget, has expanded considerably over the years.

They employ over 50 people, have exported to over 50 countries and have expanded their retail services in Ireland massively in recent years.

They can now boast of showrooms at their base in Emo, on the Long Mile Road in Dublin and on the Tuam Road in Galway.

However, it is the Cork showrooms in Douglas that are perhaps their most impressive and they are located close to the entrance of St Patricks Woollen Mills.

As well as having exported to embassies and hotels around the world, Finline Furniture were also the exclusive supplier of the G8 Summit of World Leaders in Lough Erne in 2013 and have fitted out the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. Its local retail business in Ireland, however, is an essential part of its continued success and the hugely popular Finline Furniture annual sale returns to Cork for the month of January with 70 per cent off some of their ex-display items and clearance fabics.

“We have expanded our retail presence in Ireland so that people can come and buy directly from Finline at factory prices,” said Sales Director Ciaran Finane who now runs the business alongside his brother Kilian following the decision of their dad Kieran to step back in the last couple of years.

Bridget, who played a huge role in the business, passed away in 2013.

Mr Finane said: “We opened showrooms in Cork and Galway in recent years and in the past year we have expanded our showrooms in Dublin and at our factory in Laois.

“Thankfully since we opened in Douglas three years ago, there seems to be an appetite in Cork for quality handcrafted furniture that will last a lifetime.”

Having previously been a wholesale business – whose clients included Arnott’s, Caseys and Brown Thomas – Finline entered the retail market in 2011.

He added: “Customers buying from Finline can rest assured that they are guaranteed fantastic value because they are buying directly from the manufacturer. All our sofas, chairs and cornergroups can be made to any size or comfort level and in thousands of fabric option so the choice is almost limitless.”

The Finline Furniture annual factory sale takes place in the showrooms in St Patricks Woollen Mills, Douglas throughout the month of January.

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